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Past articles by Kellie:

PANDEMIC: House Democrats push greener stimulus as Senate talks lag

Senators continued negotiations into the night on a third coronavirus stimulus bill, as House Democrats injected climate change into the pandemic debate with their own relief package. → Read More

INTERIOR: Embattled BLM chief goes on the offensive

LARAMIE, Wyo. — William Perry Pendley is well-acquainted with his perception among environmentalists, conservationists and even federal government bureaucrats: onetime Reagan administration official, skilled legal foe and self-proclaimed sagebrush rebel. → Read More

AGENDA: Shutdown shoves aside budget, lands and tax bills

The impasse over the partial government shutdown is slowing what was expected to be an early push to clear the decks of a handful of legislative items left over from last year. → Read More

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Talk of using disaster aid spooks lawmakers on emergency plan

With the partial government shutdown entering a record-setting fourth week, President Trump is signaling he'll hold off on declaring a national emergency to fund a wall along the Mexican border, as Republicans continue to express reservations about White House plans to tap military construction and disaster funds. → Read More

NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Utah Dem eschews left but vows defense of public lands

Utah Democrat Ben McAdams beat Republican incumbent Mia Love by fewer than 700 votes in one of the last House elections decided last month. → Read More

CLIMATE: Divides harden in clash over global warming committee

Many House Democrats remain skeptical of a push by leadership and progressives to revive the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, underscoring divisions about how to address climate change in the new Congress. → Read More

SUPREME COURT: Murkowski, Manchin upend Kavanaugh calculus

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) this morning bucked their parties' leadership on a procedural vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. A final roll call is set for tomorrow, but leaders now face questions over whether they can muster the 50 votes necessary for confirmation. → Read More

SUPREME COURT: Concerns prompt hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser

Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh will be back Monday on Capitol Hill, as Senate Republicans move to steady a nomination that appeared on the verge of collapsing. → Read More

PUBLIC LANDS: Rare bipartisan cheer for rollout of 'fix our parks' bill

Bipartisan House legislation introduced today with a goal of whittling down the Interior Department's massive deferred-maintenance backlog will remain separate from efforts to reauthorize the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund. → Read More

SUPREME COURT: Election-year war looms over Kennedy's replacement

The political jostling that followed Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement suggests partisan and polarizing confirmation hearings ahead. → Read More

FEDERAL AGENCIES: Lukewarm reception for water, energy program overhaul

Lawmakers took a mostly wait-and-see approach toward the Trump administration's aggressive proposal to reorganize federal agencies. → Read More

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INTERIOR: Zinke trades barbs with Democrats in heated hearing

Ryan Zinke today angrily defended his travel as Interior secretary before a Senate committee, telling the panel's top Democrat that he resented her "insults." → Read More

NATIONAL PARKS: Most sites were open during shutdown, but at what cost?

The government shutdown is forcing lawmakers to revisit a thorny issue that crops up every time federal funding lapses. → Read More

HURRICANE MARIA: Puerto Rico's push for aid faces 'credibility gap'

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who has asked Congress for $94 billion in federal aid to rebuild after hurricanes decimated the island this fall, yesterday faced tough questions from lawmakers who challenged the island's ability to properly manage so much taxpayer money. → Read More

EXTREME WEATHER: San Juan mayor calls on Uncle Sam for energy recovery plan

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz yesterday called on the federal government to craft a comprehensive recovery plan to help storm-demolished Puerto Rico, while at the same time emphasizing the island's escalating humanitarian crisis. → Read More

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Protection for tiny darter contrasts admin moves on grizzlies

Some tiny Southern fish and the lumbering grizzly bear are dramatizing divergent sides of the debate over adding and removing animals from Endangered Species Act protections. → Read More

APPROPRIATIONS: House rejects deeper cuts for Interior, EPA

The House this morning rejected efforts to maintain Obama-era protections related to drilling, as well as a measure that called for a 1 percent across-the-board cut to programs in fiscal 2018 spending for the Interior Department and U.S. EPA. → Read More

INTERIOR: Zinke looks to move 3 agencies' headquarters to Denver

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly has said Denver "will probably" become the headquarters for three major agencies within the department as part of an ambitious reorganization effort slated to get underway in fiscal 2019. → Read More

AGENDA: Tight fiscal deadlines await lawmakers after recess

Energy and environment issues will compete with pressing priorities, including avoiding a government shutdown and preventing a financial crisis. → Read More